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Statement: BARCC Responds to Vote to Approve Brett Kavanaugh’s Nomination to the Supreme Court

Today, the United States Senate approved Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the United States Supreme Court. Gina Scaramella, executive director of the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, released the following statement in response: “The Senate’s vote to approve Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court is a painful reminder… Read More

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Statement: BARCC Condemns President Trump’s Mocking of Survivor

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump openly mocked Christine Blasey Ford at a campaign rally. Gina Scaramella, executive director of the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, released the following statement in response: “In the wake of this incredibly surreal and deeply distressing moment, we want to communicate a clear and concise message to sexual… Read More

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Statement: BARCC Responds to Bill Cosby Sentencing

Last week, Bill Cosby was sentenced to 3 to 10 years in a state prison for sexually assaulting former Temple University employee Andrea Constand. Gina Scaramella, executive director of the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, commented in response: “Holding people accountable for their behavior is incredibly important. While this sentence may show… Read More

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Media: Safety Gains for Sexual Assault Survivors in Detentions Bill

BARCC Advocacy and Legislative Affairs Manager Katia Santiago-Taylor sat down with Christ Lovett of Boston Neighborhood Network News to discuss Governore Charlie Baker's proposed legislation.  Excerpt: "When we focus on the perpetrator we ask, "why are we ruining their lives?' ... It's very unfair for survivors, because someone… Read More

Media: For Some, the Year’s Lessons Feel Forgotten

This week, BARCC Executive Director Gina Scaramella lent her knowledge of sexual trauma to the Boston Globe's coverage of the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. She appears in the following articles:  "For some, the year's lessons feel forgotten" "Mass. lawmakers, advocates blast Trump's criticism of Ford" "Kavanaugh… Read More

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Op-Ed: Reaction to Report of Kavanaugh Sex Assault Shows That Myths Persist

BARCC Executive Director Gina Scaramella recently wrote an op-ed on the reactions to the report that Supremem Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted a young woman in high school and the myths about sexual assault that have already been repeated in the wake of this news.  Excerpt: "Reaction to the news that Supreme Court nominee… Read More

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Media: For Survivors of Sexual Violence, Navigating #MeToo Media Attention Is a Team Effort

The Mary Sue sat down with a BARCC volunteer and BARCC's Bilingual Client Services Coordinator Alma Huerta Dominguez to discuss #MeToo media coverage, support for survivors, and how trauma can affect a survivor's loved ones.  Excerpt: "Alma Huerta Dominguez, bilingual client services coordinator at BARCC, says several crisis center services… Read More

Op-Ed: The Church Must Welcome Outside Reformers or be Forced to do so

BARCC Executive Director Gina Scaramella wrote an op-ed for the Hill to urge the Catholic Church to enact meaningful reform in the wake of another revelation on widespread sexual abuse of children in the Church. In the op-ed, Gina advocates for the Church to utilize outside reformers to influence the process of cultural change.  Excerpt: "For… Read More

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Media: Historic Upset as Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley Unseats Rep. Mike Capuano

MassLive.com reported on the primary race for the Seventh Congressional District, and noted that challenger Ayanna Pressley has been a regular presence at the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center's annual Walk for Change.  Excerpt: "Pressley has also worked extensively with the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, being one of the featured speakers at… Read More

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Media: Ayanna Pressley Seeks Her Political Moment in a Changing Boston

In an article covering the primary race for the Seventh Congressional District, which covers part of Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville, the New York Times noted that challenger Ayanna Pressley has spoken at the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center's annual Walk for Change.  Excerpt: "Ms. Pressley has long been an advocate for girls and women. She… Read More

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Media: Asia Argento is Not the #MeToo Movement

After a report was made public that Asia Argento—an actress and director who was one of the first people to publicly report that Harvey Weinstein sexually assaulted her—sexually assaulted an actor and musician, the Boston Globe reported on the impact to the #MeToo movement. BARCC Executive Director Gina Scaramella said in an interview… Read More

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Media: Melrose Women Asked to Share Their #MeToo Stories

In recent reporting on a local #MeToo event, the Melrose Free Press spoke with Patrick Donovan, BARCC's interim director of community awareness and prevention services.  Excerpt: "'With #MeToo, there can be a lot of pressure to share, and it is important for survivors to know that is their choice, and they don’t owe sharing to anyone,' Donovan… Read More

Media: ‘A Victory for Survivors of Sexual Assault’

BARCC Executive Director Gina Scaramella recently spoke about the importance of pending legislation that would require campus climate surveys related to sexual violence at Massachusetts institutions of higher education.  Excerpt: "Boston Area Rape Crisis Center Executive Director Gina Scaramella said in a statement that this is because victims… Read More

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Media: R. Kelly’s ‘I Admit’: We Pressed Mute on the Pied Piper

Jeneé Osterheldt of the Boston Globe recently interviewed BARCC Executive Director Gina Scaramella for an opinion piece on R. Kelly.  Excerpt: "Reporting rape is hard for every victim, says Scaramella, who has worked to help survivors of sexual assault and rape for more than 20 years. But the hurdles grow higher when you add in factors… Read More

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Press Release: BARCC Seeking Volunteers for Web Chat Hotline Service Launching in November

The Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) announces today that it will launch a web chat hotline this November. The web chat hotline will be a new way for sexual assault survivors, their loved ones, and providers to receive information, support, and referrals about sexual abuse, assault, and violence. The live web chat hotline will be available daily… Read More

Media: Kavanaugh Nomination Spotlights #MeToo Refugee Issues

BARCC Executive Director Gina Scaramella recently wrote an op-ed in the Boston Globe about the intersection of sexual violence and immigration, and the dangers people face when fleeing their homes in search of safety.  Excerpt: "Since 2011, more than 68 million people have fled their homes in search of safetyfrom war, climate change,… Read More

Op-Ed: Rampant and Routine Harassment: On #MeToo and Music Festivals

BARCC Executive Director Gina Scaramella wrote an op-ed in DigBoston recently to discuss sexual harassment and assault at music festivals and concerts and what concert organizers and audience members can do to stop sexual violence in the music scene. The op-ed came in response to a Teen Vogue report on consistent sexual assault and harassment at… Read More

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Statement: BARCC Urges Gov. Baker to Approve Sexual Violence Prevention Funding Increase

Statement by Boston Area Rape Crisis Center Executive Director Gina Scaramella on Massachusetts Legislature’s approval of a FY19 budget that increases funding for services for sexual and domestic violence to $37.3 million from last year’s actual spending of approximately $33.6 million: “We’re grateful to House Speaker Robert… Read More

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Media: Finding A Voice After Decades of Silence

Two members of BARCC's Survivor Speakers Bureau recently shared their stories with Channel Kindness. The volunteers spoke about how they came to talk publicly about their sexual assaults, and the stigma that comes with being a male survivor of sexual violence.  Excerpt: “We’re all here for one purpose, and that’s… Read More

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Historic Highlights: Media Coverage of Sexual Assault Reflects a Changing Culture

If you think the media does a poor job covering sexual violence today, check out how it was done 45 years ago, when BARCC was founded. Few media outlets wrote about sexual assault and when they did, the language is rudimentary and lacks nuance—a direct reflection of the fact that up until the rape crisis center movement of the 1970s, U.S. society… Read More